Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bird flu research triggers bio-war fear

Hong Kong slaughtered 17,000 birds last month, not in preparation for Christmas but because a single chicken at the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market had tested positive for bird flu.

The precaution was not overblown; in 1997, the island's authorities killed 1.5 million birds during the first outbreak of avian flu, a bug which went on to infect 600 people worldwide, killing 360, a 60 per cent mortality rate.

By contrast, the global swine flu outbreak in 2009 killed just 10 per cent of those infected.
The only good thing about the avian, H5N1, strain of influenza was that you could only catch it from direct contact with infected birds........Up to now. Read More